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Attorney: She's deceitful and dishonest, but not a murderer

Opening statements in trial for Nanette Packard-McNeal, accused of aiding her boyfriend's murder, given Monday in court.

January 09, 2012|By Lauren Williams

Jurors saw both presentations packed with images of McLaughlin with Packard-McNeal's children, and while prosecutors emphasized the callous nature of killing a loving family man, the defense illustrated McLaughlin's connection to Packard-McNeal's children as evidence that it was unlikely she would plot a cold-blooded murder in the days before Christmas.

But just as the holidays approached, Murphy said there was no present for McLaughlin under Packard-McNeal's tree and that she lied to police about buying him any gifts — proof she knew he wouldn't be there to open them.

Hill said her decision to shop at the last minute wasn't indicative of murder.

Since her 2009 arrest, Packard-McNeal's appearance has dramatically changed. Her hair, once straight and bleached, was pulled back into a long, curly brown ponytail, with one bright blonde streak down the middle. She sat attentively in a beige suit as the case against her began.

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The trial is expected to last for four or five days.

Naposki was convicted of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for financial gain in July. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20 in the same courtroom. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

lauren.williams@latimes.com

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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